HOUSE IN AN OAK GROVE
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Single family home in Extremadura, Spain. A closed small house when it is not occupied. A big open house when in use. _ Vivienda unifamiliar en … Read More
Single family home in Extremadura, Spain. A closed small house when it is not occupied. A big open house when in use. _ Vivienda unifamiliar en Extremadura. Una casa pequeña cuando no está ocupada y grande cuando está habitada. Read Less
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This house deals with the desire for a simultaneous contemplation of the fireplace and the sunset and with nature turned into a domestic object of affection. It intertwines construction and natural environment in order to stress the relationship with an oak grove full of family memories. 
Photo: David Frutos
Experience diagram 
This land was full of memories of childhood games and adventures...
We tried to capture them all  and add new possibilities: a place to seat in front of the chimeney, a swing, a small aromatics garden that steps inside of the house... and then we draw a line around them all, a structure that would hold the wood sliding doors providing shadows inside and outside of the house.
The house should be completely closed when nobody is home, and very open when the owners arrive to spend the weekend and enjoy nature.
This is a house that is bigger when it is open and smaller when closed. 
 
The sliding doors provide shadows to the surroundings of the house to create areas of comfort in a very hot summer.
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Floor plan 
The fireplace is integrated in a deep and wide window that faces west, allowing the users to watch the sunset while sitting before the fire.
Shades can be placed in different ways during the different hours of the day / Photo: David Frutos
Interior Elevations 
Interior views. Photos by David Frutos
Photo: Miguel de Guzmán
Photo: David Frutos
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House in an Oak Grove. Spain. Murado & Elvira, Tomás Gil (structure)